“I didn’t know I needed a permit”

 Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

Get or Give permits <HERE>

I’m still hearing this from folks. If I was going to do the most difficult and rewarding day hike in the Western Hemisphere, I surely would do a little research on the latest info. Most other blogs and websites have been preaching this since the January 29 announcement that permits were going to be required. The Yosemite sites are loaded with info and permit notices. The park seems to be doing its due diligence. On my last hike I shot these photos of the new signage the Interpretation troops have erected on the trail.

Along the Merced near the Trailhead

In Little Yosemite Valley at the start of the forest switchbacks

Base of Sub Dome at Checkpoint Charlie


Hint: Permit days are heaven. Way fewer than the allocated 400 people are going up. Do the hike to Sub Dome and politely ask the rangers if they have any extra permits that others have turned in. You will be surprised …. no promises, but go for it. Be very nice, polite and show those sad puppy dog eyes.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “I’ve got your back.” – Modern overused hackneyed expression said by Shaquille O’Neal on Comcast commericals, and now on a AAA radio spot. Destined to become the “At the end of the day” trite phrase of 2010.

*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com


5 Responses to ““I didn’t know I needed a permit””

  1. Al Laurente Says:

    how much is the penalty if caught going up without a permit on permit days?

    • John Lauer Says:

      Normally you will just get an informational talk and a warning. There will usually be two rangers posted near where the switchbacks on the subdome start, and they will see you , talk to you, and send you down before you actually do the violation. Now, if you said you were going up anyway, what would they do? I imagine they would physically stop you from going up without a permit if they had to. If you hike later in the day, they will likely be gone, and there will be nobody to monitor you.

  2. mrhalfdome Says:

    It is a federal offense to disobey a federal law enforcement officer…the Rangers at Checkpoint Charlie are that. A MISDEMEANOR FINE WILL BE ABOUT $500. There is a magistrate and jail in the valley. They are not there to bust your chops, but to help the public. They do have extra permits that others turn in, so be polite and they may give you one.

    Oh, and they do have guns. I’m sure readers of this bolg are well prepared and you are just asking the hypothetical.

  3. john lauer Says:

    I saw many agents scanning curry parking areas for vehicles with food left inside. They joked about being able to level a $5000 fine. They did say the punishment is more severe when there is more food and actual bear damage. I write this on my tiny Sprint HTC Eco. Eco is the true iPhone killer. At&t is pathetic!

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